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Internet Week: Everything But Hardware: E-Smith cuts... costs by focusing solely on software

Jul 31, 2000, 21:46 (0 Talkback[s])

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"E-Smith has taken the concept of the hardware Internet appliance to a new level: It's getting rid of the hardware entirely. Instead of a dedicated machine, users insert a CD-ROM containing the E-Smith Server and Gateway software onto any functional Pentium PC with at least 32 MB of memory and about 1 GB or more of storage."

"The first thing the software does is pose a rather pointed question: Is it OK, the machine asks, to erase the entire hard drive? If the user gulps hard and consents, the software installs a complete Red Hat Linux installation tailored to provide Internet access for small businesses, including e-mail, file sharing and Web site serving for up to 500 end users, said E-Smith CEO Joe Morrison."

"Connecticut Hospice, a facility in Branford, Conn., uses E-Smith as an internal mail server and for the company intranet. It serves 350 internal office workers and 85 nurses in the field. Internal employees access the system over the LAN, and mobile workers use their own Internet connections to access their e-mail with POP3."

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